Jailor

Observer

Tick tock, the clock goes oblivious of my predicament. The room sways underneath my lying form. I shut my eyes and take in deep breaths. My chest constricts with pains as tears escape from me. Is he leaving because I…
Chizoba
October 25, 2019
JailorOctober Shortlist

Guard

Filthy. The only way to describe the stench. It is a filthy smell. Not many of them are left. Twenty in a four-man cell. Not many should be left. I offered the captured loiterers the chance to call again. Do…
Kunmi Olamiju
October 25, 2019
Jailor

Jailor of the Soul

He comes when life is sweetest and strikes. This blow comes in various forms and is struck at random, shrouding the identity of the next victim. He captures the soul and traps it. The body's now as useless as a…
Chikezie Onwumere
October 25, 2019
Jailor

Caged soul

Abike, I hear a familiar voice call my name,yet I see no one. I feel someone shaking and calling me with an increased tempo. Abike my daughter pleases answer me ? Immediately I hear this I feel uncaged. Unfortunately it's…
Chineye
October 25, 2019
Jailor

Dread

I dwell in the abyss that is your deepest fears, in the dark corners of your heart illumined by only moonlight. At night when you tussle on the bed reliving your failures and worry, I feast. Engorged from your terror,…
Kunmi Olamiju
October 25, 2019
Jailor

SHACKLES OF LOVE

Like tattoos, scars are mementos; permanent reminders of past events. Mine carries dark memories; memories of Chiadi. His pretty brown eyes once mesmerized me. His tongue was sweet yet vicious. His hands caressed and wounded me. Whenever I tried to…
Ogechukwu Amarah
October 25, 2019
Jailor

Monsters.

'Your mother says you spend much longer time in your room. You no longer play with friends. You hardly come out for dinner. What's the problem? Dr. Ijeoma asked. 'There is a monster in my school. He put me on…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 24, 2019
Jailor

A New Warden

When Alhaji Saidu come for me, I knew my life was going to take a twist. Mama prodded me. 'He's now your husband, Halima, do what he says.' I was 10 at that time. Alhaji Saidu was a wolf in…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 24, 2019
Jailor

Leashed.

'Good morning Kabiyesi. There has been another killing. A gruesome one,' said Otunba Demola, shaking his head. 'Has the murderer being caught?' Kabiyesi asked. There was silence in his chamber. 'It can't be me, I was in my chamber all…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 24, 2019
Jailor

BLADE RAZOR

"No rest for the wicked!" I winced from the ringing in my head before my eyes snapped open. The tormentor was at it again. "Blade razor", scrapped his truncheon against the bars, creating loud pitches of noise as he went…
Mercy Godwin
October 24, 2019
Jailor

Far away.

You stare at the admission letter in your hands and you realize you're finally going away. Maybe the new environment will take away the memories of everything that happened. You had gone amnesic that morning that you just walked about…
Adaeze Nwachukwu
October 23, 2019
Jailor

Ekemma

Father said I should forgive him, that vengeance was of the Lord. ''Ekemma.'' His eyes bore admonition. ''One who harbours grudge against another is a prisoner of oneself.'' But the din of Aguiyi's door slamming close, shutting me out permanently,…
Chikezie Onwumere
October 23, 2019
Jailor

When a God dies.

"Some of you call him Chukwu or Allah. Inside here, you'll call him Abbai. I'm the only God here. Welcome to Kirikiri Prison. Your new home." Sergeant Abbai was a young and brutal jailor. Twenty years ago that was how…
Ekpegbue Stanley
October 23, 2019
Jailor

Freedom fighters

I looked into the eyes of Kolawole Makinde; renowned journalist and freedom fighter. A man who had dedicated his life to the destruction of my presidency. I didn't see the fire of liberalism or the courage that caused the people…
Terence Jindu
October 23, 2019
Jailor

The Birdcage

It was the scariest space I had come to know. Dark, slimy, dank and so very cold. I don't know what was worse, the cold or the dark. Perhaps even the fear, for it had me paralyzed. He had a…
Robynn
October 23, 2019
Jailor

The Mask

She smiles and waves at onlookers. Begging them to notice her. What a perfect life. She wears her pleated pants and crisp white shirt and heels with pride. Oh how happy she looks, thriving even. She's on the move again,…
Robynn
October 23, 2019
Jailor

Happily married

As I sit twirling my wedding ring, I remember their words; "Igbo men don't respect their wives" , "Intertribal marriages never thrive" ,"Chidi is not the right man for you". How wrong they all were, I say to myself with…
Owoade Itunu
October 22, 2019
Jailor

Enigma of a sojourner

I thought I like her, we held hands ate from the same dish. (laughed), I mean love irony makes me laugh! See, have always had eyes for this sinister, got angry with her for being critical. I said she's jealous…
Osunrotimi Peter
October 22, 2019
Jailor

My Orders

Yesterday, Oluchi was killed. A week before, Nkem was killed. Last month, Uloma. Their deaths? The king’s orders. They dishonored tradition when they demanded education. When they refused mutilation. When they spoke their minds. In ignorance, I raised no eyebrow.…
Odion Kadiri
October 22, 2019
Jailor

Traitors Die Hard

Pluck an eye, Pluck two balls off, Slice Lower abdomen for thick rolls of meaty substance covered in red moist, Forcefully separate the nails from the fingers' and then plant a small live python in his throat and watch it…
Ayotomiwa Oladapo
October 21, 2019
Jailor

Body and Soul

We all have beasts in us, everyone of us. Mine is irascibility. Yesterday I accidentally killed her out of annoyance, for questioning my late nights. To cover my tracks, I drove to the Third Mainland Bridge in the night and…
Chikezie Onwumere
October 20, 2019
Jailor

Guard room experience

"I no be thief oh...abeg" The first slap was still ringing in my ear. "Wetin Carry you come here?" one asked me. I been give general daughter belle, so them arrest me. They laughed and jeered, then came the beatings.…
Ezetu Doubra
October 20, 2019
Jailor

Last Days.

'Please you have to let me out of here,' I screamed aloud. 'You don't have to do this, I'm someone's child, please have mercy.' The old man passed the food through an opening - the only opening in the steel…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 20, 2019
Jailor

Fresh Air

They let us out today, again. Yesterday, we spent thirty-five minutes outside our cell. The day before, it was twenty-five minutes. Everyone was filled with gaiety. 'God go bless our warden,' said pa Enoch. I had come to terms with…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 19, 2019
Jailor

THE CAGED SPIRIT

Akin locked the other prisoner into his cell and wondered how he must feel. As a warden, he's been taken away people's freedom all his life. He reckoned in his thougtfulness that everyone had a jail. He knew all too…
Opadokun Gloria Marie
October 19, 2019
Jailor

Fresh Air

They let us out today, again. Yesterday we spent thirty-five minutes outside our cell. The day before, it was twenty-five minutes. Everyone is filled with gaiety. 'God go bless our warden,' said pa Enoch. I had come to terms with…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 19, 2019
Jailor

Fresh Air

They let us out today, again. Yesterday we spent thirty-five minutes outside our cell. The day before, it was twenty-five minutes. Everyone is filled with gaiety. 'God go bless our warden,' said pa Enoch. I had come to terms with…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 19, 2019
Jailor

A Safe Place

'Mama please can I go out and play?' I asked. 'Nnenna I have told you umpteen times. I know you want to spend time with the other children, but you have to believe me when I say it's not safe.…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 19, 2019
Jailor

Prisons and Prisoners

Welcome to my New life. Now am being escorted into the prison, same prison I once had control of, was a boss to these prisoners but now am inducted as one of them -a prisoner! I'm Handcuffed both hands and…
Odukogbe Emmanuel
October 18, 2019
JailorOctober Shortlist

Water colours

Her bed grew moist and sticky, like mud. She laid supine, unmoving, basking in the stench of blood. The colours on her walls soon seemed as faded as water-colours, and the air, as thin as floating threads. She heard her…
Paul
October 18, 2019
Jailor

The trigger

She fell to the floor, her head hitting the cold tiles, she could hear her heartbeat getting louder and louder each second. How much more could she take? His footsteps came closer, he was breathing heavily, "Get up!". This was…
Pink Beauty
October 18, 2019
Jailor

Heritage

Dad looked at me with disgust. 'Why would you want to change the family name?', he asked. 'Dad, I've told you already. I am born again. I can no longer bear Fatoki because it exalts a another god'. 'To hell…
Fancy Goodman
October 18, 2019
Jailor

Rod of the House

Father was a deity: We feared him like traditional adherents fear their gods, lest they strike in anger. He outlawed playing outdoors and associating with our peers in the neighborhood. As a guerdon, he ripped the body of the defaulters…
Chikezie Onwumere
October 17, 2019
Jailor

THE 10TH RING OF HELL

Over the past 3months, I came to understand what it meant to be afraid. I had stared fear in the eyes, I knew him by name. As I walked into the four walls of hell, quaking and shivering. I took…
Asuru Innocent
October 17, 2019
Jailor

Mr. Patrick

He was the man that was venerated. A disciplinarian and a pious man. Now a correction officer, at least that is what everyone conferred on him. Truancy in the village stopped. Boys who disobeyed their parents were sent to Mr.…
Oyedotun Damilola Muees
October 17, 2019
Jailor

The Wife

Mama hugged me tightly when I arrived yesterday. She says I was gone for too long, but I left this place for my matrimonial home just three months ago. Mama thinks I'm back for good.I wonder how she'll take the…
Fancy Goodman
October 17, 2019
Jailor

Shackled Minds

I sat on the old rusty cushion, my leg folded beneath me. There was no going back, no moving forward. I was in jail, the worst kind, the prison of the mind. Tears streaming down my face like an endless…
Lawal Temitope
October 16, 2019

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